Bobcat Connection

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October 17, 2016

Hello, Bobcat Families.

As we send this week's Bobcat Connection, it is imperative that we acknowledge the hard work and support given to our school and community. A big sign of support appeared this week on the fence of our football stadium. This is just one of many examples of servant leadership by those who work so hard behind the scenes for the purpose of increasing student success. Whether you have pulled a shift in a concession stand, purchased a fundraising item, put up flags on game day, painted signs, or just took the time to send a kind note of encouragement to a staff member or student, you are appreciated.

There are so many people that remain anonymous, yet support our school, students, and staff in ways too numerous to count. Thank you for setting the bar of excellence in leadership and service. Krum is a special place because of the dedication and commitment of so many family and community members.

Another example of service to others, occurred today, when Mrs. Tami Deaton shared her personal testimony of being a 16 year breast cancer survivor during our pep rally. She brought inspiration to the Bobcat Family. She is an example of hope and courage as many have been affected by this disease. Thank you, Mrs. Deaton, for sharing your heart for our benefit. Next week we will have more information about the total funds raised by FCCLA this week.

In this week's newsletter you will see many activities on the calendar. Please save October 24, 2016 as we honor Mrs. Virginia Armstrong on her retirement from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. At the conclusion of the reception for Mrs. Armstrong, we will host our 2016 Open House from 6:00 to 7:30. We look forward to seeing you at one of the many activities this week. Again, thank you for your support.

Bobcat Fight Never Dies!

Michelle Pieniazek

This week at a glance...


    OCT 18 TUE

      OCT 19 WED

        OCT 20 THU

          OCT 21 FRI

            OCT 22 SAT

              OCT 23 SUN

                Times are listed on the KHS Google Calendar

                Ethan Ford to Serve in U.S. Army

                On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, Ethan Ford was sworn in to serve our country in the US Army. His plans are to be an MP in the Army. He was sworn in at the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) located at the Federal Building in Dallas, Texas.

                Bobcats for Literacy

                The Krum Bobcats finished their Bobcats for Literacy Fall 2016 tour this week at Blanche Dodd Intermediate School. Bobcats for Literacy is a cooperative program that started last year by Mrs. Tracy Reynolds (Counselor at BDIS) and Coach Gary Robinson. Members of the football team visit each elementary school and greet students at arrival. In addition, they participate in morning assemblies, and read with individual classes.

                Congratulations to Raymond Barrington, Everett Gunnoe, and Justus Martinez for being selected to the 2016 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.


                Site: Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium

                Date: December 22, 2016

                Time: 12:00 p.m. (CT)

                Teams: East vs. West

                Good Luck to Bobcat Tennis as they begin Playoff's

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                Good Luck to Cross Country as they Compete at District

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                Wear Orange on October 19th to show Unity against Bullying

                Ways to support Unity Day on Oct. 19

                Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Make it ORANGE and make it end!

                Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 19, is the day everyone can come together — in schools, communities, and online — and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Learn what you can do.


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                NHS Virtual College Fair

                How do you prepare your college wish list? Now, you can use your computer, tablet, or smartphone to become acquainted with-or narrow down-colleges and universities to make up that list. No travel required!

                Participate in the next NHS Virtual College Fair. During this live event, you will be able to chat with representatives from a variety of public and private colleges and universities across the nation staffing "virtual booths."

                Save the date!
                Thursday, October 20, 2016

                • 2:00-10:00 p.m. (ET)
                • 11:00-7:00 p.m. (PT)
                • Visit any time within this time frame
                • Free!


                Oct. 24th Reception for Mrs. Armstrong

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                Save the Date! Open House - Oct 24th

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                The Krum Education Foundation Casino Night will be on October 29, 2016. Tickets are $50.00 per person. You can purchase them online from the Krum Education Foundation website at The flier is attached below. This is an adults-only evening to raise funds to benefit Krum ISD students and staff.

                Since the event falls on the weekend prior to Halloween, they have added a costume contest for those wanting to dress up. If you like the Casino Night Facebook page, there is a discount offer for Rose Costumes.

                They are still collecting prizes/raffle items. The following list is a sneak peek of just a few of the items they have collected to date.

                • Firearm
                • A certificate for a Madison James 2017 Spring Collection Prom Dress
                • A half side of beef
                • Kendra Scott earrings
                • Terri Cage Senior and Family Portrait Sessions
                • Justin Discount Boots Package
                • Restaurant Gift Cards

                ...and there is even an original piece of Blown Glass Art by Mr. Ryan Cates!

                Bring your friends and join the fun for an evening of food, fun and fellowship while raising funds for Krum ISD students and staff. Only 400 tickets will be sold - get yours today.

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                2016 Fun Favorites

                Each year the KHS Yearbook Staff has students vote on Fun Favorites. Congratulations to our 2016 recipients.

                FUTURE OLYMPIANS: Brandon Reeves & Rhett Robinson

                This Week in Pictures

                Post-Secondary Spotlight

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                Lincoln College of Technology in Dallas-Fort Worth

                Lincoln College of Technology

                in Dallas-Fort Worth

                Lincoln Tech’s Grand Prairie, TX campus is located in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. This campus promotes a newly-enhanced school located on Alouette Drive and Arkansas Lane. This premier location for hands-on career training occupies a modern 152,000 square-foot facility specializing in career training in the Automotive and Skilled Trades industries. At this automotive school, you'll train in Careers That Build America. Plus, you will:

                • Develop hands-on skills for manufacturing careers in the 21st century through the CNC Machining and Manufacturing Technology training program. Training on equipment from Haas Automation, students learn to program, set up and operate the Computer Numerically Controlled machines that are redefining “manufacturing” work and helping to bring these careers back to America.

                • Install, maintain and repair essential temperature control equipment as an HVAC student.

                • Discover that diesel mechanic skills come in handy for not only cars, but also trucks, construction equipment, industrial machines and more.

                Since these technically intensive job fields emphasize hands-on know-how, our students are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and learn by doing. Time is spent in classrooms absorbing knowledge taught by instructors, and then translated physically by working with machines and tools that are standard for their chosen profession in our auto shop on site.

                Scholarships offered through organizations such as SkillsUSA can help get you on your way to working in exciting, rewarding hands-on industries! To learn more about our exciting career training programs in Automotive, HVAC and more, contact our Dallas-Fort Worth campus for more information! Even schedule a tour of the campus with one of our Admissions representatives!

                The Grand Prairie campus of Lincoln College of Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

                The following program areas are offered at our Dallas-Fort Worth campus:

                Information copied from:

                Lincoln Tech - Bridging the Skills Gap

                Information from our Counselors...

                SENIOR INFORMATION

                College Entrance Exams: If you have not taken an ACT/SAT, please register online.

                ACT National Test Dates: Deadline to register: Register at

                $42.50 (with writing $58.50)

                • December 10, 2016 November 4
                • February 11, 2017 January 13
                • April 8, 2017 March 3
                • June 10, 2017 May 5

                SAT National Test Dates: Deadline to register: Register at

                $45.00 ($57 with essay)

                • November 5, 2016 October 7
                • December 3, 2016 November 3
                • January 21, 2017 December 21
                • March 11, 2017 February 10
                • May 6, 2017 April 7
                • June 3, 2017 May 9

                4 Year College/University right out of High School: Ask your counselor for an information sheet or go on-line for entry requirements and application deadline. If you have a score on a college entrance exam that qualifies you for entry, apply. Do not re-test for entry. You must be accepted to be eligible to speak with the Financial Aid Officer. If the Financial Aid Officer tells you to re-test (to improve your scores for more scholarship money), retest at that time.

                Community College: Open admission, meaning that you may enter if you test. You may

                submit a college entrance exam (ACT/SAT), or TSI (locally administered entrance exam). Every community college is different. Contact admissions or look on-line for

                required test scores.

                Transfer Student: A student who completes 30 college credit hours (not including Dual Credit) at an institution of higher education, may transfer to another institution of higher education on their grade-point-average alone. They are not required to present high school transcripts, GPA, or test scores.

                Register with NCAA: Students planning to participate in sports or cheerleading at the college level must register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association and meet eligibility requirements. For complete information, go to

                Request a Transcript be sent to a College/University or Scholarship Program: Go to and click on Krum High School - Departments - Counselor Corner - Request a Transcript. Complete the form and submit it to our Registrar, Mrs. Morrow.

                Apply Texas. Students may go to and apply to any Texas college/university. Be sure to keep your user name/password in a safe place. Counselors do not have access.

                Housing for College. Some colleges/universities require all freshman to live in the dorms (except those that live in the community and commute). Some do not have a policy. You need to check out the housing on campus as soon as you apply. All deposits are refundable if you do not attend.

                The University of North Texas will automatically accept all Krum High School graduates who are in the top 20% of the class. A representative of UNT will be on our campus soon to talk to all Krum seniors that would be interested in attending UNT, top 20% or not.

                FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

                This is a form that students complete to apply for federal financial aid. Our government will determine your eligibility by your family income and what school you plan to attend. You may qualify for up to $5,815 in college grants. Complete this form now. The rules have changed and you no longer must wait until January of your senior year.

                College For All Texans. This is a comprehensive website for financial aid for Texas students. Google: College For All Texans. Every parent/student should review this site. This website will serve as your personal secretary and match the information that you provide on a profile form to all national scholarships. They will then e-mail the scholarship information to you. This service is free. Be sure to change your profile every summer because there are scholarships for entering freshman students as well as graduate students. This is a web site that you will want to keep throughout your college career. There are several websites that will provide this service for you. Many are listed on the Counselor’s Scholarship Page.

                Krum High School Scholarship Newsletter: Go to, click on Krum High School -Departments - Counselor’s Corner - Scholarships. Watch this space weekly - we will publish all scholarships that are mailed to our school as well as additional national scholarships. The “local” scholarships will not be announced until spring.

                Create a College Folder: Keep all of your user names/passwords in your folder. Also document thenames of college personnel that you spoke with and the date of the conversation. Other things to keep in your College Folder: Test dates, Saturday Preview dates (for incoming freshman students), orientation dates, deadline for application, financial aid, housing, registration, etc.

                Check Out our Student Produced Newsletter "Krum Connection"

                Students in Coach Clay's Photojournalism class have started an online newspaper featuring staff and students. Each month, students are given feature story writing assignments. This student produced publication has replaced our monthly KHS Bobcat Bulletin.

                Parents Still Make the Difference

                Krum High School has partnered with The Parent Institute in order to bring you the latest research-based tips for parents of teenagers. To access the information you can follow the link below or go to the Krum High School webpage and look under the tab "Parent Resources."


                Krum High School

                The mission of Krum ISD is to offer a quality educational system that provides for the needs of all students, parents, staff, and community members.

                Michelle Pieniazek, Principal

                Bernard Lightfoot, Assistant Principal (A-K)

                Lindsey Oh, Assistant Principal (L-Z)

                Judy Smiley, Counselor (A-K)

                Angela Borchardt, Counselor (L-Z)